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  • 25 Sep 2017 7:52 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    The biosphere reserve includes the counties of Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby and Annapolis, and its contents have been the subject of intense study by no fewer than five universities, a half dozen NGOs and numerous others agencies and government departments. 

     Shown above, from left to right, are Ian Manning, Cliff Drysdale and Bill Livingstone. (CONTRIBUTED)

    Speaking as someone who’s witnessed many of these scientific endeavours up close, I assure you there’s no shortage of extremely intelligent people doing very important work.

    To be frank, the significance of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is impossible to summarize in any one article and that’s my point. A culmination of its ecological, cultural and scientific assets couldn’t be contained in any one atlas, encyclopedia or well meaning web page, or so I thought before meeting the people doing exactly that. (Zack Metcalfe )

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  • 12 Sep 2017 2:09 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    GANS GeoGolf Tournament 2017 Winners

    It was another great day at Afton Golf and Country club this year as members of GANS came together to have some fun. 

    The 2017 GANS GeoGolf Tournament winning team Rob Hodder, Mark Hebert, Jim Verran, & Troy Greene; presented by Dave MacLean; photo by Kathleen Stewart.

    GANS GeoGolf Tournament 2017. Longest Ball by Jim Verran; presented by Dave MacLean; photo by Kathleen Stewart

  • 06 Sep 2017 8:50 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Recently a list featuring the top GIS Blogs and websites has been circulating around the web.

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    The top 60 GIS Blogs and websites were selected from thousands of GIS sites in their index using a combination of search and social metrics.  

    These blogs were ranked based on Google reputation, Google search ranking, influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites, the quality and consistency of content and review by Feedspot’s editorial team and expert reviews.

    Among the top 60 sites was the Canadian GIS and Geomatics geographic information resources site ( which was also the highest ranked Canadian site featured in the list. CONGRATULATIONS!

    The  top 60 GIS Blogs list contains many great resources that all help promote the GIS industry - Click Here to check out what other great sites made the list

  • 17 Aug 2017 12:15 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Halifax artists and sketchers are posting works to an interactive storymap - explore the map at

  • 17 Aug 2017 12:05 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    Paul Illsley recently launched a Kings County Place Names Project website in hopes of gathering information that will reveal the origins behind the names of local communities and bodies of water.

    The information collected will be worked into a document that he plans to have added to the archives at the Kings County Museum. Paul hopes locals with information regarding place names in Kings County will seize the opportunity to share what they know for the benefit of future generations.

  • 21 May 2017 9:30 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Industry Immediately Recognizes Bluejack Consulting’s Business Model as a Game Changing Force in Atlantic Canada.

    Halifax, NS, Canada:

    Bluejack Consulting Inc., a high-end GIS Product and Spatial Intelligence firm has officially opened its doors in Atlantic Canada. Its business model is unique, and focused on specialized GIS services for all levels of government and private sector clients.

    “We never expected to make our mark this fast,” says new co-owner Chris Turner, “but we’re not complaining. We’ve personally been in the business for over 20 years: our clients trust our work, we have very clear direction, and a roadmap to get us there.”

    But, it’s not Bluejack Consulting that Chris credits for the current awards; “It’s the people who work there, the relationships they foster and their unique way of delivering value. We’re putting employees and partners first, and with that our clients will be well taken care of,” says Mr. Turner. “We’re not trying to impress anyone with corporate materialistic wants and needs, we’d rather invest the corporate assets back into our employees and partners.”

    Bluejack Consulting is both a GIS service and product development provider with a focus on delivering high-end products using Esri technologies. Esri is an international supplier of geographic information system software products that Bluejack Consulting and its partners have been customizing and configuring for over 20 years.

    Of the Company’s recent success, Keith Power, of MapDev Technology Solutions says, “It’s great to have them as a partner. There’s a trust between us founded on working together in the past, phenomenal integrity and core values. Between Bluejack and MapDev we have a solid team that covers the full spectrum for GIS Web Development, GIS Integrations and GIS Programming.”

    Bluejack Consulting Inc., is a Geographic Information Systems company based in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a GIS and Spatial Intelligence firm that organizes its success around limited liability partnerships where experts come together to deliver high-end GIS products and services.

  • 07 May 2017 9:52 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    The following Tender Opportunity have been posted on the Nova Scotia Public Tender Opportunities web site.  To view a specific tender, click the corresponding link below:

    Tender ID: 17-037

    Tender Description: Acquisition of Lidar Data  CONTACT: General Procurement Line - 902-490-4170 Tender Agency: NS PUBLIC SECTOR: Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Tender Start Date: 5/2/2017 Tender End Date: 5/19/2017 Tender Category: Surveying and Mapping Services Tender Link:

  • 12 Feb 2017 10:00 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    If we want to change our attitude towards the earth, it’s resources and our place on its surface, we must become more informed about our ‘geography’; not simply latitude and longitude, but rather ourselves and the processes that affect our behavior. bobmaher_19jan17

    Geography, in an holistic sense, is physical, biological, economic and social. It is spatial and temporal: neighborhoods, regions, countries and global; hours, days, years, decades, centuries, lifetimes and beyond.

    What matters is that we creatively communicate and understand our geography through our spoken language, our writing, art, music, and technology. This means ‘geography education’.

    Continue reading this article and many other geography related articles by Bob Maher. His new blog is for anyone who has an interest in geography education.

  • 09 Feb 2017 10:34 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

     Anders Ekelund from Swedish company Leica Geosystems, who developed the LiDAR technology used by an NSCC research group led by scientist Tim Webster. They kicked off a two-day conference at COGS in Lawrencetown on coastal zone mapping Feb 7-8, 2017. (Heather Desveaux)

    Over hundred geomatics related professionals and students specializing in the field of geomatics are at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown this week to take a closer look at topics, trends and technologies used in high resolution mapping areas where land meets the sea.

    “This work is critical, especially to to enhance and help Nova Scotia’s rural economy when it comes to development of our coastal resources,” said Tim Webster, who is the lead scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group at NSCC Middleton campus and chair of the N.S. Canadian Institute of Geomatics.

    A workshop called high resolution mapping in the Coastal Zone features speakers from Sweden, Ottawa and the AGRG presenting information to provincial and federal government officials, students and the private sector.

    Click here to read the full article featured in the Chronicle Herald by Heather Desveaux 

  • 16 Dec 2016 8:19 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    Sedna's Epic Expedition

    Sedna Epic Expedition

    A team of passionate sea women divers will embark on journey, snorkeling over 3,000 kilometres through frigid arctic seas from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Kitrina Godding, who presented at the GANS GIS Day event last month is one of the women on the Sedna Epic Expedition project.

    Kitrina is an offshore surveyor, became fascinated with the water at a young age and has continued to have a passion for the ocean throughout the years. She became scuba certified in 2007, has participated in numerous clean-up dives and has dove in 4 different countries to date. 

    Kitrina Godding testing her drysuit at Halifax's Black Rock Beach, before she heads to Iqaluit for an Arctic diving expedition.

    The opportunity and challenge provided by the Sedna Expedition was brought to her attention by close friends and she immediately wanted to join the team. Kitrina has been a member and volunteer in the female youth Guiding movement for 18 years and is looking forward to working alongside the youth of Iqaluit.

    Kitrina relocated to Boca Raton, Florida upon graduation from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) and worked as a nearshore surveyor conducting beach erosion surveys. 

    During this time she was also a support diver with the Marine Biologists at the company. Kitrina has experience with Real-time Kinematic and Differential GPS, Single and Multi-beam hydrographic data collection, Side Scan Sonar, Seismic, Magnetometer and Sparker surveys. Kitrina conducted studies in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Her most current job role consists of operating navigation software which monitors underwater equipment installed on remotely operated vehicles for the purpose of taking geographic positions on seismic survey nodes. 

    Kitrina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geography from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as an Advanced Diploma in Marine Geomatics from COGS in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. 

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